Since the beginnings of the American Society for Microbiology's Archives program in the 1930s, the records of the Society, as well as non-Society materials on various topics related to microbiology, have been collected. These include clippings, brochures, manuscripts, reprints, government bulletins, etc. As these materials were being refoldered and inventoried, an attempt was made to move as many items as possible to the book collection: researchers are therefore advised to search the ASM Book Collection on the UMBC Online Catalog as well as the vertical files for items on a given topic.
The following is a list of topics covered in the vertical files. The quantity of material varies greatly; files marked with an asterisk are more substantial (at least 2" of material.) Cross-references to other parts of the ASM Archives Collections are included.
Researchers are encouraged to contact the Archivist for further information.
Agriculture and Plant Pathology
Antibiotics (see also The David Perlman Collection, 1939-1980; The Ward J. MacNeal Papers)
Awards, Nobel (for ASM-sponsored or -administered awards, see Records of the Society: Awards)
*Biotechnology (see also Harlyn O. Halvorson Papers)
*Culture Collections (see also Presidential files of Winslow [13-II O] and Rogers [13-II X]; Relations to Other Organizations, ATCC [12-I B]; ATCC Archives in UMBC Special Collection.)
*Dairy (includes Scrap Books of A.R. Ward, 1899-1908)
*Education (see also Records of the Society: Education and Training Board, Part 5, especially Section 1, Antecedent Committees)
*Fermentation (see also The David Perlman Collection, 1939-1980)
History of Medicine
*History of Microbiology
*Microscopy (see also Leeuwenhoek material in Bio/Bibliography files; holdings of non- ASM journals [file lists not currently online])
Public Health (see also Regional History Files: United States - Washington DC - United States Public Health Service; Honorary Member file on J.C. Geiger, 7-II G, Folder 11, and audiotape interview w/ Geiger)
Soil Microbiology/Nitrogen Fixation
*Virology/Phage (see also The Ward J. MacNeal Papers)
*Virology/Arbovirus Materials 1-4; includes materials from the Subcommittee on Arthropod-Borne Virus Information Exchange; see link below.
Water Microbiology/ Quality